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Wednesday, July 17 2013 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

 Exquisite Fazioli Concert Grand Valued at $200,000 Will Make Special Trip to Door County

Music for a Grand Parlor takes place on Wednesday, July 17 at 4 p.m. at the Ellison Bay Estate.  This wonderful evening will include catering by Alexander’s of Door County.   Tickets are $150 per person.  Attire is dressy Door County Casual.  Location details will be provided upon event registration.


Midsummer’s Music Festival, PO Box 1004, 10568 Country Walk Lane, Suite 109, Sister Bay, WI 54234.  For more information, visit or call 920-854-7088.


This summer, four piano movers in Chicago, Illinois, will carefully load a Fazioli F308 into a truck lined with protective padding, to begin a 300 mile, 6 hour journey to Ellison Bay in Door County, Wisconsin.   The Fazioli F308, at an impressive ten feet and two inches long, is the largest and most prestigious concert piano in the world.  Its destination is the Midsummer’s Music Festival season finale in the largest private home in the state of Wisconsin.   After the piano is tuned and placed in the center of the Grand Parlor of the opulent, French-inspired Ellison Bay Estate, it will be ready for its close-up on July 17. This will be the first public concert ever held at the 42 room “Gatsby-esque” mansion.   Music for a Grand Parlor will feature the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Nepomuk Hummel and Sergei Liapunov in an enchanting evening of classical chamber music.   The Fazioli F308 is on loan from PianoForte Chicago.


“When I stepped into the Grand Parlor of the Ellison Bay Estate, I knew immediately that we needed a very special piano for this performance,” said Jim Berkenstock, Midsummer’s Music festival founder.  “The Fazioli is a pianist's dream to play and an instrument of exceptional tonal beauty and color.  It is the ‘Maserati’ of pianos, and just about as expensive, but we wanted to pull out all of the stops for this extraordinary performance opportunity,” he added.


The Midsummer’s Music Festival, now in its 23rd year, features world-class musicians from organizations such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Pro Arte Quartet, Chicago Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony and artist faculty from major universities.   The festival presents a series of 30 exquisite classical music concerts in a host of unique venues ranging from a 120-year old lakeside warehouse, to a quaint community church from the 1850s, to the grand hall of a palatial mansion overlooking Green Bay.  Each venue exudes character and offers a distinct musical experience for the listener. One event features a dinner cruise through Death’s Door Strait aboard the Island Clipper and then a concert on Washington Island at the Historic Island Dairy, now a concert facility, museum, and gallery.  The theme of this year’s festival is “Bursting with Passion” with works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Brahms, and more.  The main concert series featuring the full complement of 16 musicians runs from June 7 through July 17.  


The Grand Finale is the crown jewel of the festival this year, presenting breathtaking chamber music performed by world-class musicians in the kind of space chamber music was created for.  The luxurious Ellison Bay Estate includes a two-story Grand Parlor that is adorned with extensive stone terraces with carved balustrades, a fireplace with a hand-carved mantle, and romantic balconies that overlook the parlor.  Guests will hear some of the finest music in the Midwest, while surrounded by the splendor of this magnificent space.   


The concert features the Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Flute Quartet in D Major, K285.  This delightful piece was composed by Mozart in when he was 21 years old in 1777 or 1778, and is scored for Flute, Violin, Viola and Cello.  It is done in “concertante” style in which the flute is featured prominently, accompanied by the strings.  


Also on the program is Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Septet in D Minor, Opus 74.  This work is scored for Piano, Viola, Cello, Bass, Flute, Oboe and Horn.  Hummel was a great piano virtuoso and one of the greatest composers of his time.  When he was just four years old, his family took him to Vienna to audition for Mozart at which time he became Mozart’s only full time student.  This marvelous work was composed in 1816 and was very well received by audiences.  It was so popular that it was regularly performed on concert stages for many years to come.


Rounding out the program will be Sextet in Bb Minor, Opus 63 by Russian composerand pianist Sergei Liapunov.  This piece is scored for Piano, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello and Double Bass.  Composed in 1915 and revised in 1921, the piece is presented in four movements.  This beautiful and dramatic work was the most significant chamber work Liapunov ever composed. 

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